Lagos stands by workers’ demand for pay rise — Sanwo-Olu

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Sanwo-Olu stated this on Wednesday, while addressing workers during the May Day celebration, held at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos Island.

According to the Governor, “There is no gainsaying that this year’s workers day is being celebrated amidst economic challenges which are as a result of the difficult but yet inevitable policies taken by the government to rescue the economy and set it on the path of sustainable growth.

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“The economic downturn has brought about disruptions that have affected lives and livelihoods. Yet, in the face of these challenges trials, you have exhibited remarkable resilience, adaptability, and courage.

“You have been the backbone of our response efforts, ensuring that essential services remain uninterrupted and that our state stands strong.

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“This year’s theme, ‘People First,’ resonates deeply with our administration’s philosophy which is underpinned by our firm belief in prioritizing the welfare of our people.

“Through, various measures, policies and initiatives, we have demonstrated that the interest and welfare of the people comes first and remains the ultimate goal of all our actions.

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“Our response actions are geared towards mitigating the impact of these trying times and offer support to both our workers and citizens alike.

“We have been steadfast and intentional in implementing our social intervention programs, providing crucial assistance to those in need throughout the state.

“From subsidized food items through our Ounje Eko, and Eko Cares initiatives to incentives on social services, we have made tangible differences in countless lives.

“Healthcare initiatives that ensure access to quality medical services for all, transportation support, and educational opportunities for our children exemplify our commitment to creating a Lagos where everyone has a fair chance to thrive.

“Our dedication to putting people first extends beyond mere words. We stand by our labor unions and organizations advocating for workers’ rights and welfare.

“Together, we have achieved significant milestones in improving working conditions and ensuring fair wages and benefits, understanding that a thriving workforce is pivotal to our state’s prosperity.

“I want to encourage us to understand the importance of standing together in solidarity and supporting one another through these difficult times.

“Our social intervention programmes exemplify this spirit of unity and compassion, offering lifelines to those facing hardship and adversity.

“As a government, we recognize the fundamental principles of fairness, equality and justice in the workplace.

“Every individual, regardless of their gender or background, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

“We will continue to uphold these principles and strive to create environments where all workers feel valued, empowered and safe.

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“As we look towards the future, I want to reaffirm our commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable society in which the interest of workers receives the attention it deserves.

“We will continue to invest in education, training and skills development to equip our workforce with the tools they need to succeed in their places of work because we recognize the vital role that workers play in driving progress and prosperity in our society.

“And we pledge to build a future where every worker is respected, empowered and able to live with dignity and pride.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to the hardworking men and women who make Lagos State the vibrant, dynamic City that it is.

“Your dedication inspires us all, and it is an honour to serve as your Governor. Together, let us continue to strive for a future where the mantra of “People First” is not just aslogan, but a reality for every citizen of Lagos State.”

Earlier, Lagos State Head of Service, Mr Bode Agoro, said, “Lagos State Government has always put the issues relating to its workforce as front burner knowing fully well that
they are the engine room of numerous achievements in our dear State.

 

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